I usually state my goals for the month in the same post that reviews the previous month’s goals. Since I didn’t make any goals for April my goals for May will be in their own post.
I didn’t set any goals for April since I planned to be hiking the last half of the month. As it turned out I didn’t go hiking since I got hit by a car. Lingering complications from the accident made it difficult for me to accomplish much in April so it is just as well I didn’t have any goals for April.
Although I didn’t have any monthly goals for April I do want to review my progress or lack of progress towards my yearly goals in April. My first yearly goal is to keep my expenses under $1k a month. I didn’t quite meet that goal, but I came reasonably close. Since I went over due to buying a car I am going to give myself a pass for the month.
My second goal is to run a 5k in under 23:59. This goal was a fail. I went backwards on this goal in April. Due to the fatigue and dizziness from my concussion I didn’t feel like running in April. I went for my first run in over a month yesterday and it was obvious that I had lost most of the little conditioning I had. I will have to build my conditioning back up. I am scheduled to run in a 5k this weekend which should give me a good idea of how far away I am from reaching this goal.
The last yearly goal is to be able to do one pull-up. This was another fail. I plan to join a gym before the end of this month and doing some workouts to increase my upper-body strength. I need to start doing some exercises at home as well.
My first goal for this month is to have fast food no more than twice a week and to not buy any chips or other salty snacks. My blood pressure has been high ever since my concussion. It has come down since then, but it is still too high. Although I think the concussion was responsible for the spike in my blood pressure it is likely my diet is contributing to my blood pressure remaining high. Cutting back on the unhealthy food would be a good idea even if my blood pressure was in the normal range. Hopefully, this change will be enough to get my blood pressure back in the normal range.
My other goal for the month is to write at least 200 words each weekday on my book. I’ve done some writing for my book a few days this month and I have been setting a goal of at least 100 words for each writing session. That goal has been easily met and I usually write at least 200 words so I’m now making that my goal. I’m also setting a goal of writing each weekday since if I just write when I feel like it and/or remember to write I don’t write often enough. I think setting the easily reachable goal of 200 words will keep the writing from feeling like a big chore which will keep me from procrastinating on getting it done.
I think I’ve done a little better on my goals so far this year than in years past. That is mainly because I’ve set a very low bar when it comes to accomplishing my goals. Most of my monthly goals I’ve set in the past were not met. From now on when I set a monthly goal I need to accomplish the goal if it is at all possible to do so.